FAQs of a Tooth Extraction

The idea of tooth extraction may seem daunting, but once you understand the ins and outs of the procedure, it doesn’t seem nearly as intimidating. Dr. Margaret Somers of Dental Arts Design in Hawthorne NJ answers some commonly asked questions about tooth extraction.

What is tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is a procedure performed by a dental specialist to remove a damaged tooth from your mouth. During the procedure, the dentist will completely remove the tooth’s root and crown.

How are tooth extractions in Hawthorne performed?

Before the procedure, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic so that you will feel no discomfort during the extraction. She will then make a small incision in the gum around the affected tooth. She will then grip the tooth with a pair of forceps and gently rock it to loosen it and release it from the jawbone.

Where can I get a tooth extraction?

Tooth extractions Hawthorne dental patients can get a tooth extraction right here at Dental Arts Design, where Dr. Margaret Somers provides all types of general, family, and cosmetic dentistry including tooth extractions.

Why do I need my tooth extracted?

There are several reasons why you may need a tooth extracted, including:

  • An infected or impacted wisdom tooth
  • A badly decayed tooth that can no longer be filled
  • Teeth that are damaged by stomach acid
  • Dental trauma or physical injury

How will I feel after my tooth extraction?

After the procedure, you will need to keep gauze in place over the wound until a blood clot forms. This can take up to an hour. You should avoid alcohol, smoking, and drinking with a straw. If your face is swollen, you can use a cold compress for twenty minutes at a time. Do not use heat otherwise it may encourage bleeding. When you lie down, elevate your head slightly.

If you’re looking for a Hawthorne NJ dentist or you need a tooth extraction, call Dr. Margaret Somers today of Dental Art Designs at (973) 427-2121 to schedule an appointment.

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